Bethlehem Press

Monday, March 30, 2020

Lehigh Co. drug box totals for 2019: 6,349 lbs.

Monday, January 6, 2020 by The Press in Local News

District Attorney Jim Martin is pleased to announce that 6,349 pounds of medications were collected during 2019 at the permanent medication collection sites located in Lehigh County. A total of 29,752 pounds have been collected since the program’s inception. The use of the boxes by Lehigh County residents has grown dramatically since 2014, the first year that statistics were kept. At the end of that year, a total of 1,855 pounds were collected, less than a third of this past year’s amount.

When the initiative was launched in December 2013, permanent medication collection boxes were installed in 10 police departments.

Residents can place medications in the boxes anonymously. There is no charge.

Items that are accepted include prescription and over-the-counter medications, samples, vitamins, prescription ointments and patches, and pet medications.

A box is located at the Bethlehem Police Department, 10 East Church St., Bethlehem. Visitors entering the City Hall location should advise the front desk that they are there to go to the Police Department to discard unwanted medications. A box also is located at Lehigh Valley Hospital ‐ Muhlenberg.